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Free COVID-19 tests to be provided to residents of certain prefectures 

  • December 24, 2021
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The Friday editions of all national papers took up a speech delivered in Tokyo on Thursday by Prime Minister Kishida, during which he said anyone who lives in prefectures where the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has already been detected will be able to receive PCR or antigen diagnostic tests free of charge. The premier stressed that the free testing is aimed at containing the spread of the emerging strain. Residents in Osaka, Kyoto, Okinawa, and Tokyo will reportedly be able to receive such tests if they wish. The dailies said the prefectural authorities will need to prepare for a surge in people wishing to receive tests by mobilizing every possible resource, such as tapping local pharmacies as platforms for handling testing kits and collecting samples.    

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